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Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad product news – June 3, 2010

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Macintosh, iPhone, iPod and iPad software updatesMacintosh and iPhone/iPod/iPad product updates and announcements for June 3, 2010:

Macintosh

  • Vinotekasoft has unveiled a new major version of Vinoteka 2.1, the ultimate wine cellar management software for Mac. In a unique and gorgeous interface showing bottles, cellars and tasting notes, Vinoteka brings the best wine cellar management experience to Mac users. With great improvements and a change in its user interface, Vinoteka 2.1 becomes the most advanced wine and cellar management software for the Mac platform.
  • Jumsoft has announced an addition to its range of premium-quality business templates for Apple’s Pages. The overhauled Pages Templates Expert collection offers the highest quality on the market for a remarkably low price. The line of elegant, consistently-styled template packs includes everything from business cards and envelopes to brochures, manuals, and more.
  • CreativeBe has announced the release of Rucksack 1.1, an update to its archive and file system tool. Designed by Apple Design Award Winner Dietmar Kerschner, Rucksack lets users open, create and convert archives, as well as split and combine files. The new version adds popularly requested features: opening multiple archives at once, deleting archives after opening them, and automatically showing output files in Finder.
  • Open Planet Software has introduced Smoovie 1.0, a new and easy way for users of all ages to create stop motion movies on the Mac and share them with the world. Designed exclusively for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and with support for the Mac’s iSight camera and Apple Remote, easy-to-use editing tools and sharing to iTunes and YouTube, Smoovie has everything Mac users need to create, edit and share stop motion movies.
  • Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput 3.8, a compatibility update to its popular professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. Developed originally for one of the largest ad agencies in Canada, BatchOutput offers output of multiple files as single pages, link auto-update, PDF preflighting, variable file names, automatic digital delivery and other time-saving features. The new update adds compatibility with InDesign CS5, export to FLA format and other features.
  • Maintain has released Cocktail 4.6.2 (Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail for users running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. This version fixes a bug where clearing the virtual memory swap files may cause kernel panics, fixes a bug where the trojan RSPlug was falsely detected, addresses an issue in which the system log server (syslogd) may not be properly restarted and adds clearing of the latest variants of the HellRTS and OpinionSpy trojan horses.
  • Coladia and Anuman Interactive have announced the release and immediate availability of Nostradamus – The Last Prophecy for Mac OS X. Set in 16th century Provence, in a country ravaged by religious wars and devastated by the plague, Nostradamus – The Last Prophecy is an historical adventure game in which players have to solve a series of riddles and puzzles inspired by the works of Nostradamus, taking them through the worlds of astrology, medicine and medicinal plants.

iPhone/iPod/iPad

  • Freeverse has released Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for iPhone and iPod touch. Based on the New York Times best selling book of the same name, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the re-imagined Jane Austen novel following the young Elizabeth Bennet through her zombie battles in England during the Regency period. The official game of the novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a side-scrolling beat-em-up with twelve levels, terrific graphics and the perfect melding of zombie slaying action and touching romance narrative.
  • A new iPad app called Etude promises to help anyone learn to play music on the piano. Etude combines traditional sheet music with an on-screen keyboard whose keys light up to reveal the position of notes. The app also uses a built-in MIDI synthesizer to play the piece aloud. It ships with access to an in-app music store that users can download new songs from.
  • GAMEVIL has announced that their newest sports game, Soccer Superstars is now available on the App Store. The Soccer Superstars App is a full featured soccer game with five different modes; Exhibition, My League, Season Mode, Cup Mode and Dramatic Mode. Users can manage their own player’s skills, performance and attributes and also customize through the various items and events to become a superstar in My League. Gamers can also play a quick exhibition match, guide their own team to success in Season Mode, bring home a trophy in Cup Mode or relive a dramatic part of history within Dramatic Mode.
  • Slacker, Inc. has announced the availability of Slacker Radio 2.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For the first time ever, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can cache their favorite Slacker music stations to listen anywhere – whether they are connected to a wireless network or not and without incurring data charges.
  • Voicepedia, Inc., is now selling its new application, World Holidays Calendar 2010, available for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. World Holidays Calendar 2010 is a global calendar that enables users to find holidays for the 2010 fiscal year in 241 countries and regions.
  • Vinoteka Touch 1.0 is the brand new wine and cellar management application for your iPhone/iPod touch. Add references, tasting notes and bottles, create your cellar and your racks and place your bottles where you want them to be, in order to recreate as faithfully as possible your real cellar. Vinoteka Touch is the new companion for Vinoteka 2.1 for Mac and helps you enjoy manage your cellar even more. Thanks to the new Sync feature, you can now synchronize Vinoteka Touch with Vinoteka for Mac.
  • Mobeezio, Inc. has released Earthquake 1.51 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The application offers live, up to the minute data and detailed map views of all the earthquakes, as they happen around the world. The latest update to Earthquake gives users push notifications of quakes that register 5.0 or higher, as well as the ability to see real time Twitter activity in the area. These are additions to the impressive features that were already in place.
  • Embraceware Software has announced Awaken 1.6 for iPad. Awaken is a full screen clock, music alarm clock, sleep timer and flashlight. Awaken for iPad is a free update to anyone who has already purchased the iPhone version. Awaken is now a universal application which runs on both iPhone and iPad with a unique interface for each device. Choose from a selection of 10 fullscreen clock styles. Works great as a night table or desk clock. Supports both portrait and landscape modes.
  • der.heckser has announced WC Betting Pools 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. WC Betting Pools enables soccer fans around the globe to bet on the results for matches happening during the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa and compete with other fans worldwide to be crowned the king of soccer experts. The app shows all matches and groups of the World Cup. Users can adjust their bets on LED-styled score board.
  • Independent development team iTouchables has announced Germinal 1.0, their new puzzle game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Germinal is an addictive and entertaining new puzzle game with simple rules which are easy to learn, but a challenge to master, providing hours of gaming fun. A secret experiment has gone terribly wrong and accidently released a deadly horde of rampaging germs. Time is running out to save the world from their evil domination.
  • iHanWel has announced iDay Deluxe 1.0, a new native iPad version of the best known birthday and event manager for the iPhone. As a native iPad app, iDay Deluxe benefits not only from the big screen but also from the new sophisticated user interface controls like split views and popovers. iDay for iPad will ensure the user will never again forget a birthday, anniversary, or any other important date. You can also view the moon phase for the selected day, and much more.
  • Welcome to Blastian, where the galaxy is over-run with aliens and it is down you to save the day. With top scrolling visceral thrills and new tilt controls the old school space shooter is back and coming to iPhone and iPod touch. Starting out as a lowly ensign it is your job to defend the universe by blasting your way through nine planets and past a host of enemies from the evil insectoid Xacti forces empire. Fly through the universe and arm yourself with a host of weapons to help you on your mission, including mega-blasters, smart bombs, plasma cannon, orbiting shields and the mighty Beserk.
  • Clamp Horn Island has announced Stadium Sounds 2.0, their latest app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Stadium Sounds brings the excitement of the game to your fingertips even if your miles from the stadium. It gives fans a front row seat to realistic stadium atmosphere, so they can instantly cheer or jeer any game time situation. Stadium Sounds will also energize any party or gathering. Cheer a friend’s accomplishment. Boo their dancing.
  • Pocket Pixels has announced that ColorSplash, the popular and celebrated iPhone photo manipulation app, is now available in a version specially adapted for the iPad. ColorSplash allows users to quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping chosen details in color. The user’s finger acts as a brush that removes, or restores, color from the original image.
  • Mo-Star has announced the release of their new fantasy battle game for iPhone, Princess Fury. This gorgeously illustrated action game boasts a combination of classic arcade action style and a creative, real-time strategic battle system. As Princess Fury, players strike down enemies with the combined power of servants and soldiers. With stunning swordplay and magic, players can combat over 100 enemies at once in epic battles that rely on collaboration with friendly forces as much as one’s own competence and courage.
  • GP Imports has introduced AppTools 100 in 1, their new suite of applications and utilities for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Designed specifically to take advantage of the iPhone’s unique capabilities and touch interface, AppTools is a unique collection of one hundred most incredibly useful apps and utilities carefully integrated into one consistent and easy-to-use package.
  • Bitroots has announced TumbleBlocks!, an innovative gravity puzzle game for iPhone and iPod touch. Players are challenged to remove as many blocks as they can by finding 3 or more contiguous blocks of the same color. Every level has its own solution, but players can always tilt the odds in their favor by tilting the screen. Rotating the screen to any of the four sides causes the blocks to fall in that direction, intuitively rearranging the board to the player’s advantage.
  • Robert Beverly has created a fun, new and innovative iPhone application called Floracle. It’s a quick and colorful download that captures the magical insights of a mystical soothsayer by the name of Delphinia, the Oracle of Flowers and delivers in the form of a “Floracle”—a flower and an oracle combined into a beautiful detailed set of digital screenshots. Combining the ancient arts of Floriography and Soothesaying, Floracle can be a fun, educational and enlightening part of your daily routine.
  • PXL Creations has announced the release and immediate availability of DashPad—the only app that brings widgets in a Dashboard environment to the iPad. DashPad runs in Mobile Safari, which means all iPads can use it without Apple approval, and no jailbreaking required. There are no crazy menus or confusing layouts, just user-friendly widgets for checking time, converting digits, doing simple calculations, and many more.
  • Primary Wave Music has released a new iPhone game based on the classic hit “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves. The game features the exclusive premier of a newly recorded version of “Walking On Sunshine” by the famed South African Soweto Gospel Choir. It will be available for purchase on the iPhone in May for 99 cents and a free demo flashed-based version is available on the Primary Wave Games website.
  • Flat Earth Studio has announced Yi Jing – Book of Changes 2.0, a major update with new features and new book content for additional purchase, including “The I Ching Workbook” by R.L. Wing. By providing choices in translations, Yi Jing enables users to find the translations that speak most directly to them. And “The I Ching Workbook,” by renowned I Ching author R.L. Wing, provides a great introduction for new users, with accessible, in-depth interpretations of this oracle’s ancient wisdom.
  • iSkin has announced the release of the iSkin enigma, the company’s premium molded leather protector for iPhone 3G/3GS. The enigma boasts the finest blend of superior hand-craftsmanship, modern design and pure sophistication. The enigma features a durable and lightweight frame that is wrapped with genuine Napa leather, which has been treated to endure everyday use. Its inner surface is lined with the finest microfiber to ensure soft contact with the iPhone. The facade features a distinct metallic finish adorned with a subtle, yet elegant designer pattern that compliments the discerning taste of the iPhone owner. A chrome accented rear camera opening and integrated home button protection completes its unique design without excessive bulk or weight.
  • The MiSoccer is a uniquely styled ‘made for iPod’ docking station in the shape of a soccer ball that boasts superb audio quality. It’d be a great conversation piece and boom box for any World Cup party or gathering.
  • Lilliput Labs has announced WebPresenter 1.2, an update to their website demonstration app introducing iPad support. WebPresenter allows users to stream their rendered websites to another computer. Using the open VNC protocol, WebPresenter lets you wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer on the same wireless network. The website, rendered on your device’s browser, is then streamed over the network to the computer.
  • Personae Studios recently unveiled a new addition to their suite of game titles: $pree, a shopping mall game for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. $pree is the eleventh game released by Personae Studios, and the first iPad game developed within Singapore. Previous game titles released by Personae Studios include Air Hockey, Carrom, and 2Up.
  • Appular has announced the release of the HTML5 web app demo of the iPhone game Hand of Greed, the first of its kind. Appular, an experienced iPhone app marketer and publisher of Brainium Studio’s Hand of Greed, has embraced HTML5 as the future of app discovery and promotion.
  • PingChat! (formally Ping!) was first released in Oct 2009 with the goal to replace SMS for iPhone/iPod users freeing them from outrageous monthly charges. To date, the app has accumulated nearly 3 million users. Today sees the release of PingChat! 2. With 6 months in preparation, PingChat! 2 not only replaces SMS and MMS, but also provides functionality that goes beyond both.
  • Stefan Preuss has announced Toast Shooter HD 1.0 for Apple’s revolutionary iPad device. Toast Shooter is a fun arcade style tap-the-right-item type of game. The cute graphics and the easy game play makes Toast Shooter a great game for all ages. Get your Jelly Cannon ready for all those tasty butter toast jumping out of the toasters. Catch Rocket Toasts, collect Bonus and Power Stars, repair defect toasters, get tap-combos and play bonus rounds to beat the high score.
  • In Doodle Ski for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch it is your objective to navigate the treacherous slopes of a dynamically generated environment, avoiding obstacles and angry enemy creatures. Players with the “right stuff” will also have to contend with an alien invasion at 100,000 points. Yes, you read correctly.
  • Ruler, a new kind of digital ruler, is now available on the Apple App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Beautifully crafted, Ruler is designed for intuitive, natural usage. Despite a size disadvantage, Ruler mirrors the practicality and ease of a physical ruler. To accurately measure objects larger than your device, the app features a movable marker that snaps.
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